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MAPP/NIDIS Drought Task Force III

NIDIS Supported Research
NIDIS-Supported Research
Main Summary

The NOAA Climate Program Office’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program organized the Drought Task Force III (DTF III) to coordinate the activities of researchers supported through the MAPP/NIDIS Fiscal Year 2017 grant competition "Advancing drought understanding, monitoring and prediction." The goal of this research initiative was to advance the understanding of drought causes and predictability as well as drought modeling, prediction, and monitoring capabilities. This initiative builds on two previous MAPP Drought Task Force efforts (DTF I, DTF II), and decades of preceding research on drought, hydroclimate, and related modeling.

The core membership of the Task Force was composed of MAPP/NIDIS-funded investigators from universities, NOAA, and other federal centers and laboratories. Membership in the Task Force also included invited scientists and other individuals from across the community with interest and expertise in Drought Task Force research areas.

The Drought Task Force III leads were:

  • Christa Peters-Lidard (Lead), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Pierre Gentine (Co-Lead), Columbia University
  • Michael Barlage (Co-Lead), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • Dennis Lettenmaier (Co-Lead), University of California Los Angeles

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Research Snapshot

Research Timeline
September 2017 - August 2020
Principal Investigator(s)
Daniel Barrie, NOAA MAPP Program Director; Christa Peters-Lidard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Project Funding

Results of this research

Emergent opportunities arose to synthesize collective drought efforts through technical reports, review articles, or journal special collections and engage with the rest of the community via workshops and meeting sessions. The Drought Task Force III produced: 

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Research Scope